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What is a young herring?

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A young herring, or brit, is a juvenile herring fish. Herrings are classified as brits from the time they're 6 months old until they reach maturity at 3 years of age. Brits are numerous in inshore waters along the coast of Maine in the spring and summer.

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There are nearly 200 different species of fish in the herring family. All herring species are silver with a single dorsal fin and a protruding lower jaw. The body of a herring is flattened with a forked tail. The compressed body helps to camouflage it from the predators below, and the silver scales help to distort light in the open waters of the ocean.

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